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SHORT TAKES: Snow, Pops concert are sure signs of winter

Mother Nature’s fluffy white weekend introduction to this year’s winter snows was her way of reminding us it’s almost time for Greenville’s annual Holiday Pops Concert. Wednesday is the big night; 7:30 p.m. is the time. It’s customary to have a storm on that night, although this year the weatherman is predicting rather pleasant, mild weather. Inside Greenville High School’s Performing Arts Center the atmosphere will indeed be way above pleasant, as the Grand Rapids Symphony and associated conductor John Varineau once again visit Greenville to celebrate an evening of the season’s musical favorites.

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Montabella Community Schools close for week due to flu

Montabella Community Schools is shutting down for the week due to an outbreak of influenza. According to Superintendent Shelly Millis, students and staff began coming down with the flu on Friday. The school had 78 percent attendance today and more than two dozen students were sent home before classes were done for the day.

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Greenville woman remains in critical condition after crash

A Greenville woman remains in critical condition almost two weeks after a two-vehicle collision near Gowen. Debra Wirtz, 79, is in critical condition at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

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GUEST VIEW: Mediocrity more costly than excellence

As someone who cares very much about public schools I am very concerned about some of the legislation that is being discussed in Lansing during this lame duck and holiday season. I am especially concerned when I learn that many parents and other citizens are unaware of proposals that have the potential to radically change education as we know it in Michigan.

Guest View | Thomas J. Faussett

GUEST VIEW: Annexation from a township’s point of view

A township’s main responsibility is to provide essential services for those residents that live within the township. Essential services consist of police protection, fire protection, maintaining and upgrading county road services, library services, basic school funding within the township, and by keeping the peace by resolving complaints and enforcement of local regulations and ordinances. In order for these services to be provided to residents they are taxed via the property they own. Property taxes are the key revenue producing method to allow operation and maintenance of all essential services within a Township. When properties are lost via transfer to another governmental body, the only way to continue to maintain those services at the level residents are accustomed to is by increasing taxes or removing some the services. Annexation only puts more burdens upon the remaining residents to keep essential services at current levels.

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Ionia County now taking applications for treasurer

With the recent passing of Nancy Hickey, who was elected to the position of Ionia County treasurer for a four-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2013, Michigan election law requires that a statutorily created committee consisting of Probate Judge Robert Sykes Jr., Prosecutor Ronald Schafer and Clerk Tonda Rich shall appoint a suitable person to fill the vacancy.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 10, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

Even simple, everyday tasks such as washing dishes can be difficult to those confined to life in a wheelchair.  That’s one of many reasons friends and relatives of Stanton resident Emily Van Kleek are trying to raise funds for a machine that will give her additional, vertical mobility. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Turkish technology makes ‘new legs’ a possibility for Stanton woman

It was in 2003, between her junior and senior years at Pensacola Christian College, that Emily Van Kleek’s life would forever change. That change hinged on a few, seemingly unrelated, elements: The clay-like dirt common to Pensacola, Fla., a heavy rainfall the previous evening and the convertible Emily was driving to her summer job.

Greenville’s Jake Hopkins goes for a pin against Hastings’ Jason Slaghter during Saturday’s Greenville Invitational. Hopkins went 5-0 for the day.

Greenville wrestlers still perfect, goes 5-0 at own invite

The Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team hosted it’s own invitational this weekend and faced a combination of Division 1 and Division 2 teams. The Yellow Jackets remained undefeated with a 5-0 record to claim the tournament title. Greenville coach Paul Johnson said it was an even tournament.

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CC-Crystal undefeated at Tri County tourney

Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team added to their good start to the season Saturday. The Eagles went undefeated to win the six-team Tri County Invitational.